Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars

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Very interesting set of interviews at Biblical Archeological Review (link). Hershel Shanks, the editor, interviewed four scholars about how scholarship impacted their faith: two lost faith and two did not. Among the four is (Orthodox Jew) Prof. Lawrence Schiffman:

[T]he more I’ve done in scholarship, the more it has strengthened my faith, even though it has refined it in certain ways. There’s a non-literalist tradition that I’m coming from. And for this reason a lot of these issues aren’t challenges to my faith.

Sounds like ban-worthy views, if you know what I mean.

(hat tip)

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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